Motorhead – Ace Of Spades (2003) [DVD-Audio ISO]

Motorhead – Ace Of Spades
Artist: Motorhead | Album: Ace Of Spades | Style: Metal | Year: 2003 | Quality: DVD-Audio (MLP 5.1 96kHz/24Bit, Dolby AC3 5.1) | Bitrate: lossless | Tracks: 12 | Size: ~2.26 Gb | Recovery: 3% | Covers: in archive | Release: Silverline Records (288133-9), 2003 | Note: Not Watermarked

With the 1980 release of Ace of Spades, Motörhead had their anthem of anthems — that is, the title track — the one trademark song that would summarize everything that made this early incarnation of the band so legendary, a song that would be blasted by legions of metalheads for generations on end. It’s a legendary song, for sure, all two minutes and 49 bracing seconds of it. And the album of the same name is legendary as well, among Motörhead’s all-time best, often considered their single best, in fact, along with Overkill. Ace of Spades was Motörhead’s third great album in a row, following the 1979 releases of Overkill and Bomber, respectively. Those two albums have a lot in common with Ace of Spaces. The classic lineup — Lemmy (bass and vocals), “Fast” Eddie Clarke (guitar), and “Philthy Animal” Taylor (drums) — is still in place and sounding as alive and crazed as ever. The album is still rock-solid, boasting several superlative standouts. Actually, besides the especially high number of standouts on Ace of Spades — at least relative to Bomber, which wasn’t quite as strong overall as Overkill had been — the only key difference between this 1980 album and its two 1979 predecessors is the producer, in this case Vic Maile. The result of his work isn’t all that different from that of Jimmy Miller, the longtime Rolling Stones producer who had worked on Overkill and Bomber, but it’s enough to give Ace of Spades a feeling distinct from its two very similar-sounding predecessors. This singular sound (still loud and in your face, rest assured), along with the exceptionally strong songwriting and the legendary stature of the title track, makes Ace of Spades the ideal Motörhead album if one were to choose one and only one studio album. It’s highly debatable whether Ace of Spades is tops over the breakthrough Overkill, as the latter is more landmark because of its earlier release, and is somewhat rougher around the edges, too. Either way, Ace of Spades rightly deserves its legacy as a classic. There’s no debating that. Continue reading

Motorhead – Overkill (2003) [DVD-Audio ISO]

Motörhead – Overkill
Artist: Motörhead | Album: Overkill | Style: Heavy Metal, Speed Metal | Year: 2003 [1979 original] | Quality: DVD-Audio (MLP 5.1 96kHz/24Bit, MLP 2.0 96kHz/24Bit) | Tracks: 10 + 5 bonus | Size: 3.4 Gb | Recovery: 5% | Covers: in archive | Release: Silverline Records (288189-9), 2003 | Note: Not Watermarked

Motörhead’s landmark second album, Overkill, marked a major leap forward for the band, and it remains one of their all-time best, without question. In fact, some fans consider it their single best, topping even Ace of Spaces. It’s a ferocious album, for sure, perfectly showcasing Motörhead’s trademark style of no holds barred proto-thrash — a kind of punk-inflected heavy metal style that is sloppy and raw yet forceful and in your face. Motörhead, the band’s self-titled debut from 1977, had been rush-recorded, and its stripped-down, super-raw sound wasn’t all that impressive, at least not relative to what would follow. Overkill is what followed, recorded in December 1978 and January 1979, and released not long thereafter. The band’s sound is fully formed here, and it totally explodes right off the bat on the five-minute title track. A number of Motörhead standards follow, among them “Stay Clean” and “No Class.” Produced by Jimmy Miller, who had helmed a number of classic Rolling Stones albums (Beggars Banquet, Let It Bleed, Sticky Fingers, Exile on Main St., Goats Head Soup), Overkill sounds wonderful, especially on the numerous remastered editions of this album. The band’s classic lineup — Lemmy (bass and vocals), “Fast” Eddie Clarke (guitar), and “Philthy Animal” Taylor (drums) — is well in place here, and they seem eager to rip loose wildly on every single song. This, in addition to the solid track listing and Miller’s production, makes Overkill a perfect Motörhead album. Several great ones would follow, of course, but Overkill was the first of the great ones, and quite possibly the greatest of all. Continue reading

Jethro Tull – Benefit (1970, Collector’s Edition 2013) [Audio DVD Disc]

Jethro Tull – Benefit (1970, Collector’s Edition 2013) [Audio DVD Disc]
DVD: LPCM 2.0 24bit/96kHz / DTS 5.1 24bit/96kHz (1536 kbps) / AC3 5.1 16bit/48kHz (448kbps) | 5,23 GB
FLAC: 2.0 Stereo | Tracks 24bit/96kHz – Includes all extras – 2,63 GB | 124:45 mins | Complete Scans – 59 MB

When Jethro Tull released Benefit in 1970, it signaled a new, more progressive musical direction for the English band. It also became one of the best-known albums of their career, which is going strong more 60 million records and 40 years later. The Grammy winning group is revisiting that pivotal album with a 2-CD/DVD-Audio collector’s edition, newly re-mixed by Steven Wilson and reissued with a lot of bonus tracks, and omes with a DVD-Audio disc of a Surround Sound mix, plus UK and USA running orders and more…

The audio-only DVD, which is available exclusively with this version, is packed with 58 tracks, including the album and bonus tracks in 5.1 surround sound. It also contains the U.K and U.S. versions of the album. The American version was sequenced differently and replaced the U.K. track “Alive and Well and Living In” with “Teacher. ” In addition, the set also comes with a handsome booklet filled with rare photographs, an essay by Martin Webb, and interviews with band members. Continue reading

Jethro Tull – A Passion Play: An Extended Performance (1973) [ADVD ‘2014] {FLAC 24-96}

Jethro Tull – A Passion Play: An Extended Performance (1973/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 150:32 minutes | 3,15 GB
Source: 2x ADVD, Reissue 2014 | Chrysalis Records # 2564630567

This new expanded edition of “A Passion Play” includes the Original album and earlier Château d’Hérouville Sessions, both of which have been mixed to new stereo mixes by Steven Wilson. The reissue also includes a flat transfer from the Original 1973’s master. Continue reading

Randy Newman – Little Criminals (2002) [DVD-Audio ISO]

Randy Newman – Little Criminals
Artist: Randy Newman | Album: Little Criminals | Style: Pop, Rock, Soft Rock | Year: 2002 | Quality: DVD-Audio (MLP 5.1 96khz/24bit, MLP 2.0 192khz/24bit + DTS 5.1, Dolby AC3 5.1, PCM 2.0 48kHz/24Bit) | Bitrate: lossless | Tracks: 12 | Size: 4.26 Gb | Covers: in archive | Release: Rhino | Atlantic, 2002 | Note: Watermarked

After Good Old Boys, one of the most ambitious and thematically unified albums of his career, Randy Newman seemed to beat a willful retreat for his next project, 1977’s Little Criminals. For the most part abandoning the carefully structured orchestral arrangements that dominated Good Old Boys and Sail Away, Newman cut Little Criminals with a handful of pop-friendly session musicians and L.A. Mellow Mafia regulars (including most of the Eagles), and his arch, cutting satire gave way to a lighter but less thoughtful tone, with the humor becoming less mean-spirited (though becoming much more venomous than “Rednecks” might have been difficult). Newman even revisited one of his favorite themes, the pointlessness of racial prejudice, with a metaphor so silly no one could fail to understand it. Or at least that’s what he thought when he wrote “Short People”; the song unexpectedly took off as a novelty hit, and the vertically challenged across the country began attacking Newman for what they saw as an affront to their dignity and well-being. As a result, Little Criminals became Newman’s first (and only) gold album in the United States, but this set wasn’t an especially good way to introduce the average record buyer to his work. Little Criminals lacks the scope of Newman’s best work, the music is skillful but bland, and several of the songs sound like padding (especially “You Can’t Fool the Fat Man” and “Jolly Coppers on Parade”). While the title tune, “Rider in the Rain,” “In Germany Before the War,” and “Sigmund Freud’s Impersonation of Albert Einstein in America” (which was written for the movie Ragtime but not used) are fine songs, much of Little Criminals sounds like Newman was treading water; it’s not his worst album, but it sounds like the work of a man figuring out what his next move should be. Continue reading